This selfless lady, fondly known as the ‘Mother Theresa of Bushbuckridge’ was able with the help of mentors to qualify as a social worker. She didn’t stop there though, below are some of her achievements:
Instrumental in opening the Yesu iHosi! orphanage in Croquet Lawn, which has now been caring for more than 500 vulnerable children every year for 15 years.
Launched the Creseldah Education Foundation (CEF focused on alleviating poverty through education. The foundation provides educational and career development in multiple schools around Mpumalanga through extras lessons, motivational talks, career expos, assistance with university applications and registration, and fundraising to help young people stay in school.
In 2017 she launched the ‘Girls Academy’ to provide dignity, education and opportunities to teen mothers while at the same time advocating against teen pregnancy.
In 2019, in order to tackle the problem of young women not attending school during their menstrual cycles due to the cost of sanitary towels, she launched CefPads – sewing re-usable ‘period panties’ which are donated to resolve this issue. True to form, one thing led to another, and through the sewing of CefPads, she has now also started sewing training for both adults and teens.
Recent nominations and awards include